Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

America’s Smallest Discount Airline Wants to Emulate EasyJet With Cabin Retrofit Project

Brian Sumers, Skift

Sun Country wants it both ways. It wants to add fees and reduce legroom for some passengers. But it also wants to keep the brand equity it earned when it was a full-service airline. Can this strategy work?

5 days ago

EasyJet and Ryanair Are Still Fretting About Brexit

EasyJet and Ryanair Are Still Fretting About Brexit

Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

Brexit offers up plenty of uncertainty for airlines, not least what to do about their shareholders.

6 days ago

Wow Air Is Offering Ultra-Cheap Flights Between the U.S. and India Via Iceland

Wow Air Is Offering Ultra-Cheap Flights Between the U.S. and India Via Iceland

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Wow Air has made eye-catching moves in the past but this is surely the boldest. As long as the basic fares are cheap enough, we're betting that passengers will be willing to put up with the add-on charges that the airline is famous for.

2 weeks ago

New EasyJet CEO Is Making a Big Push Into Vacations and Loyalty

New EasyJet CEO Is Making a Big Push Into Vacations and Loyalty

Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

Given Johan Lundgren's experience working at tour operator TUI, it's no surprise to see him make a move into vacations. Up until fairly recently it was an untapped area for low-cost airlines, but many have now woken up to the financial benefits of packaging up flights and hotels.

2 weeks ago

Japan Airlines Finally Understands Why It May Need Its Own Low-Fare Carrier

Japan Airlines Finally Understands Why It May Need Its Own Low-Fare Carrier

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Japan Airlines has realized it likely needs a low-fare carrier to compete. This is probably about a decade late. At this point, Asia is crowded with low-cost carriers.

3 weeks ago

Norwegian Rejects Approaches From British Airways Owner

Norwegian Rejects Approaches From British Airways Owner

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given Norwegian's financial situation, we should expect IAG's approach to have been on the low side. CEO Willie Walsh is a shrewd operator and is probably happy to wait things out rather than overpay.

3 weeks ago

Norwegian Is Taking a Big Risk Betting on a Fuel Price Drop

Norwegian Is Taking a Big Risk Betting on a Fuel Price Drop

Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Airlines usually like the certainty that hedging brings. If prices go up, then Norwegian could be in a lot of trouble.

4 weeks ago

Indian Regulator Takes a Closer Look at IndiGo Share Slump

Indian Regulator Takes a Closer Look at IndiGo Share Slump

Santanu Chakraborty, Bloomberg

IndiGo has had a bit of a rough time over the past few months, but the departure of its president was still a shock. We'll have to see what the Securities and Exchange Board of India finds out in its investigation.

4 weeks ago

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Jonas Cho Walsgard and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

There we have it: Norwegian's CEO doesn't want to do a deal with IAG. That's not necessarily the end of the story, however. These things can change pretty quickly.

1 month ago

British Airways Parent Looking at Buying Norwegian

British Airways Parent Looking at Buying Norwegian

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Wow. Not many people will have seen this coming, including, it seems, Norwegian. Adding another brand to IAG's growing portfolio might make strategic sense but it will come at a significant cost.

2 months ago

Norwegian Delays Start of Canada Services After Plane Delivery Setback

Norwegian Delays Start of Canada Services After Plane Delivery Setback

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

A four-week delay isn't anything to get too concerned about. The more worrying thing for Norwegian is the strong low-cost transatlantic competition and the fact that it has already had to pull some of its routes between smaller airports in Europe and the United States.

2 months ago

Ryanair Revives Plan to Open Routes to Ukraine

Ryanair Revives Plan to Open Routes to Ukraine

Volodymyr Verbyany, Bloomberg

Europe’s largest budget airline sees a silver lining in every crowd. Ukraine's 45 million residents are the latest group it hopes will become customers. They have enjoyed visa-free travel in the European Union since summer 2017.

2 months ago